The wet summer has spurred on growth and the garden turned into a wild jungle seemingly overnight. Taking advantage of a couple of cool afternoons during the week, I armed myself with secateurs, saw and a trowel and set about systematically weeding and trimming back the garden, border by border. The result was a huge pile of prunings which were reduced to a fine mulch by the lawn mower, and the weeds were disposed of. There is still a lot more taming to do, but as it’s now Saturday, it is time for this week’s Six on Saturday, where we share our gardening highlights of the day with others around the world, c/o The Propagator. Why not join us?
1. In a previous post I mentioned that the large Metrosideros in the top corner of the garden was dying back. Closer inspection revealed tiny holes in the stems. It was being destroyed by borer! It has been cut back to almost ground level, and many of the bromeliads surrounding it have also been removed.
2. The large cleared area presented an ideal opportunity to replace the Metrosideros with a native rainforest tree, Buckinghamia celsissima (Ivory Curl) which is endemic to nothern Queensland. These trees are evergreen and their flowers are particularly beautiful.
3. I have placed these protective plastic sleeves/tree guards around the native shrubs I have planted. The young plants are all tube stock and most are less than 20 cm high. These protective sleeves offers them some protection from environmental factors, and makes them highly visible so that they are not stepped on. These sleeves will stay in place until the young plant establishes and grows to a reasonable height.
4. I finally got around to dividing the elkhorn horn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum, that I was given about a month ago. We used a saw to separate individual plants and each of these ferns will be tied up onto a tree.
5. Hibiscus grubs. Each year as autumn approaches these grubs can be found on Hibiscus plants through out the district. Most gardeners cut off the damaged leaves and dispose of the caterpillars.
6. Helenium autumalis – saving the best until last! This was the first Helenium plant I have grown, and what a success! It is just over 0.5 m high now and has started flowering. I’m thrilled!
That is my Six for the week. I’m off to enjoy other Sixes via The Propagator. Links are provided in the comments section of his blog. Wishing you all a happy week!